A DOMINANT and tenacious Casey Demons side has crushed Collingwood by 63 points at Casey Fields on Sunday afternoon.
From the opening bounce the Demons were back to their devastating best booting the opening three goals of the contest before a second-quarter barrage broke the game open and the Demons were never challenged on the glorious day in the sunshine.
Jordan Lewis showcased his incredible football talents in a best on ground performance, while captain Mitch White was inspirational in one of the best games of his career.
DISPOSALS: Lewis 30, Kolondjashnij, Munro 28, Wagner 27, Kennedy Harris, Lockhart 25
GOALS: Dunkley, White 3, Chandler, Lefau, Wagner 2, Preuss, Neal-Bullen, Lockhart
A Demons destruction
With 13-AFL listed players wearing the Springvale FC dark blue jumper in today’s heritage round contest, it made for an imposing side for the visitors to overcome.
But the match showcased the talents of a number of returning AFL players who will thrust their name forward come selection time in the coming weeks, including Kyle Dunkley, Kade Kolondjashnij and the timeless Jordan Lewis.
The squad on Sunday showcased the tremendous talents across the entire field as they dominated every facet of the contest.
Casey recorded 387 disposals to Collingwood’s 324, took 58 more marks than the visitors and more than doubled the inside 50 count 65-33, it made for the Demons best performance of the season.
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Jordan Lewis a timeless footballing wonder
Returning to Casey after a 1-week suspension, the 311-AFL-gamer was in scintillating form playing in the Demons midfield recording a team-high 30 disposals, taking eight marks and controlling every facet of the match.
“Can’t fault him,” Rawlings said.
“Could not be more pleased with a player of his calibre and what he has done [at Casey].
“He has genuinely invested, with my experience you can tell when someone is genuinely invested.
“He is a great person, a good footy person, but I really like how he is leading from the front.
“He is not playing just to get back to the AFL, he is playing to enjoy footy.”
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Kyle Dunkley is starting to feel right at home
Looking much more comfortable in his second hit out in the red and blue, Dunkley was another Demon who had a stellar game on Sunday.
Finishing with 21 disposals, booting three goals and recording five tackles, Dunkley has surged his name into the selection mix for the Melbourne side.
“We think that he got a lot of learnings out of last week, about how we play and what we value,” Rawlings said.
“He is a good learner, and we thought he was really active this week.
“He really caught our eye today with how he cleared the ball through the contest.
“But he also found a way to kick a goal.”
Mitch White growing as captain and as a forward
It was a complete team performance from the opening bounce as the team looked on-song, epitomised by the play of Casey captain Mitch White, finishing with 10 marks and booting three goals in an inspiring performance.
“He has looked really dominate at times this year [as a forward],” Rawlings said.
“The way he started the game, he really set a tone as our captain.
“I thought he was the most aerial dominate player on the ground.
“Really pleased with his progress at captain this year.”
A word from the coach
“We were really pleased with the commitment to the plan from the whole playing group,” Casey Demons head coach Jade Rawlings told Melbourne Media.
“It was a completely different looking side this week from what we have had in recent weeks.
“But it was more about they were able to invest in the way we wanted to play and go about our game plan… They were able for most of today go out and do that.”
Next week the Demons have the bye and a weekend off. But the squad will return in Round 11 with a trip to face the Coburg Lions at Piranha Park on Sunday June 23 at 12:30pm.